Sun Sentinel Broward Edition

Big ships could be bad news

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The recent event in the Suez Canal should give pause to the citizens of Broward County. Port Everglades went all in on improvemen­ts to allow colossal ships to use the port. Untold hundreds of millions of dollars spent. [ed.note: Specifical­ly, $389 million, generated from port user fees, state grants and federal appropriat­ions.] Damage to coral reefs and marine habitat. Interestin­gly, we get to pay for this at the same time we are paying for similar measures in Miami, Tampa and other sites. Call me a cynic, but I believe this is empire building with a potential disaster on the horizon. As always, the justificat­ion is economic. However the benefits primarily go to foreign (not local) corporatio­ns.

Michael J. Otis, Venice

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